Joy Behar, co-host of The View, has recently opened up about her decision to abstain from sex before marriage due to the fear of getting pregnant at a time when abortion was still illegal. In a podcast interview, Behar revealed that although she and her boyfriend engaged in heavy petting, they never went further until they got married. She explained that this decision was influenced by the absence of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that protected the right to have an abortion, which was passed in 1973.
Looking back at her early years with her first husband, Joseph Behar, whom she married in 1965, Joy remarked on how young they were at the time and how she considered it too early for sexual relations. It's worth noting that Behar, raised in a Catholic background, referred to herself as a "technical virgin" until her wedding day.
Expressing her disappointment with the recent reversal of Roe v. Wade in some states, Joy stated, "It's ridiculous, we're going backwards!" She also criticized men for intervening in women's reproductive rights, emphasizing that women should have the autonomy to make decisions about their own bodies.
This discussion comes at a time when women's reproductive rights are a pressing and polarizing issue. Advocates for abortion rights have recently celebrated victories in Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia. Joy expressed hope about these developments, stating that she couldn't believe the issue was still being debated, as she believed it had been established and settled.
In addition to her personal experience, Behar shared a harrowing incident from 1979 when she faced a life-threatening situation due to an ectopic pregnancy. She credited her ability to terminate the pregnancy as a crucial factor in saving her life. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants and grows outside the uterus, often leading to internal bleeding. It is a serious medical emergency and the leading cause of death in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Joy called for leaving women's reproductive rights untouched and emphasized the irrationality of men interfering in this matter, asking why they have a say in women's bodies when women don't have a say in theirs.
As the ongoing debate surrounding abortion rights continues, Joy Behar's revelations provide a personal perspective on the repercussions faced by women in a pre-Roe v. Wade era.